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GOH Card. William Seng Chye


Cardinal William Seng Chye Goh, Archbishop of Singapore (Singapore), was born on 25 June 1957 in Singapore. He attended Montfort Secondary School, where he received his high school diploma. He completed his philosophical studies at Penang Major Seminary (College General), Malaysia, and his theological studies at Singapore Major Seminary.

He was ordained a priest on 1 May 1985, for the archdiocese of Singapore.

After ordination, he first served as parish vicar of Holy Cross in Singapore (1985-1990). From 1990 to 1992 he studied for his licentiate in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. He went on to serve as parish priest of Saint Anne's, Singapore (1992-1993) and professor and formator at the Major Seminary of Singapore (1992-2005). Since 2005, he has held the role of rector of Singapore Major Seminary.

He has also held the following positions: member of the Presbyteral Senate, member of the College of Consultors, member of the Diocesan Council for Vocational Promotion, and spiritual director of the Archdiocesan Catholic Center for Spirituality.

On 29 December 2012, he was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Singapore.

On 20 May 2013, the Holy Father Francis appointed him archbishop of Singapore.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 27 August 2022, of the Title of S. Maria «Regina Pacis» in Ostia mare.

Member of:

  • Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life;